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Cathedral shrinks and swaps

In a building swap, the Crystal Cathedral was to move its congregation to a smaller Roman Catholic church after the Protestant megachurch was sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange in California.

In June the cathedral, plagued by debt and squabbles among family members of founder Robert H. Schuller, was set to move to a space with less than half of its current seating capacity — St. Callistus Church. Last fall, a bankruptcy judge approved the diocese's $57.5 million purchase of the larger glass-walled building in Garden Grove.


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